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->''"Why must we fight amongst each other and further pollute the Earth?"''
-->-- '''[[PaperThinDisguise Quattro Bajeena]] [[spoiler:aka Char Aznable]]'''

->''"Men are perhaps born to fight each other. And women are perhaps fated to be their tools."''
-->-- '''Reccoa Londe'''

''Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam'' (''Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam'') is the second, and arguably most well-received, installment in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise. It is also one of the darkest installments. The original sequel to ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Zeta Gundam's story follows {{wangst}}y TeenGenius Kamille Bidan, who joins the rebellious AEUG out of hatred for the Federation. Following the One Year War, the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]] has created a special, elite branch of the military to police the space colonies and prevent anything like the One Year War from happening again. Unfortunately for all involved, this group, the Titans, are oppressive, corrupt, and elitist, believing that those born on Earth are inherently superior.

Zeta Gundam features a much older and mature new cast; however, is supported by many characters from the original series such as Captain Bright Noah, Amuro Ray, and Char Aznable wearing a PaperThinDisguise as Quattro Bajeena.

In 2005, a series of movies began which remastered the series' animation and added new animation as well. In addition, the story was given a new, LighterAndSofter BittersweetEnding that apparently retcons ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' and possibly ''CharsCounterattack'', if not the entire rest of the Universal Century timeline, out of canon, if not for [[YoshiyukiTomino Tomino]] [[WordOfGod explicitly saying]] it's just an AlternateUniverse retelling of ''Zeta''.

Zeta is a mainstay in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', being in every game until ''Judgment'', where after that all UC was excluded from the handheld titles, but reappears in Z and Another Century's Episode R, as well as returning UC to handhelds in Z2. During its initial run, Zeta had the highest rating of any Gundam series before and since. The show continues to be extremely popular in Japan, and its model kit sales continually get near the top of the Gundam lists.

Now has a [[Characters/ZetaGundam character sheet.]]
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!!Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam has examples of:

* AceCustom: Amuro's MSK-008 Dijeh, which is basically a souped-up Rick Dias.
* ActionGirl: Emma, Lyla, Mouar, Haman, Four, Rosamia, Sarah, Reccoa... Actually, there are quite a few.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The ''Audhumla''.
* AnimationBump: The Compilation Films, being made twenty years after the original series, feature considerably better animation in some places. Unfortunately Sunrise wouldn't give Tomino the budget to completely re-animate everything, so the new animation is mixed in with hefty amounts of the original footage and there is a stark contrast as a result.
* AntiVillain: Jerid Messa is a JerkAss, but if he ''does'' come to care for someone else aside of himself, he does so ''very'' deeply, and seeing him cry when he loses those persons makes you CryForTheDevil.
* AnyoneCanDie: It's a Gundam series, what did you expect?
** Chances are if you like a character, Tomino will kill them off as soon as possible. If you don't like a character, Tomino will either let them live or keep them around for as long as humanly possible (see Jerid Messa, Bask Om, Beltochika Irma)
* ArmorIsUseless: Actually something of a plot point. With the widespread use of [[EnergyWeapons beam weaponry]], conventional armor became largely... well... useless. This resulted in the advent of 'movable frame' technology, where mobile suits were no longer made of big blocks of metal, but freely-moving armor plates over a flexible, agile 'skeleton'. Not only did this boost their manoeuvrability tremendously, but it eventually led to suit engineers figuring out that you could contort the frame into a non-humanoid shape if you wanted... and thus the TransformingMecha was born.
** Finally averted with the PMX-003 The O, which was simply too big and tough for beam guns to make a dent in its armor. Paptimus Scirocco's engineering genius probably helped, too.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Not only Bright, despite what {{Fanon}} says. Emma also has something to say about this, slapping Fa twice in the same scene. In the first few minutes, Kamille already gets slapped obviously by a teacher of his.
** Kamille gets slapped a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckUbAykOt3M lot]]''
** Kamille managed to punch Char in the face twice and get away with it.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Subverted in episode 3: The Titans send an MS with a white flag to the AEUG. At first, the flag seems to be flapping...in space. But after it lands on the ''Argama'', there's a shot of the flagpole which shows a set of gasjets de-activating.
* AscendedExtra: Subverted with Gates Capa who appears in Episodes 42 and 48, and then disappears without a trace. He doesn't die. He's just... gone.
** Tomino's original plan was for him to be accidentally killed by Rosamia before her final fight with Kamille. Why this was cut is unclear.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Colony Laser. Despite its huge power, the firing angle can't be controlled too precisely, and its loading time is quite long, so getting a direct shot on a target in the middle of a fight would be difficult.
* BadassNormal: HeroKiller Yazan Gabal has no Newtype powers and doesn't fly a [[BiggerStick Gundam]]. We don't recommend throwing down with him anyway.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: [[spoiler:Jamitov and Bask. Initially set up as a BigBadDuumvirate, they're soon supplanted by Scirocco.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Bask Ohm.
* BattleCouple: Jerid & Mouar.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Jamitov and Bask fill this role [[spoiler:right until Scirocco replaces them]].
* BigBadEnsemble: Jamitov and Haman Karn, and later [[spoiler: Haman and Scirocco]].
* BirdRun: Sarah, in one scene where she imagines she's a civilian.
** Four as well. In fact, a shot of her doing this is featured in the opening.
* {{Bishonen}}: Scirocco combines this with loads of charisma and Newtype powers for a disastrous combo. Also Kamille.
** Kamille's [[BuffySpeak bishonen-ness]] is played up in the SD gundam series where he manages to [[ChickMagnet pimp all of the female characters]] because they can "see the stars in his eyes".
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The AEUG are probably the most heroic faction in all of UC Gundam while the Titans with a few exceptions like Jerid, Mouar, Sarah, and [[spoiler: Reccoa]] are portrayed as group of {{Smug Snake}}s and Axis Zeon is shown to be only slightly less worse than the Titans.
* BlandNameProduct: [[McDonalds MacDaniels]], a "hamburger restaurant."
* BlingBlingBang: The Hyaku-Shiki, to MemeticMutation levels.
* BloodKnight: Yazan Gable.
* BoringButPractical: The Methuss, probably the weakest and least polished of the AEUG's mobile suits, goes on to lend its transformation mechanisms to a variety of superior models like the Guncannon Detector and ZII from the ''Mobile Suit Variations'' line, and the [=ReZEL=] from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]''.
** Scirocco's third mobile suit, the PMX-002 Bolinoak Samaan. It's the least striking of his designs and probably the weakest, but it's equipped with a sophisticated surveillance radome which entirely justifies this trope - it's intended to gather information and report back, not engage in protracted conflicts.
** On the character side, there's Gates Capa, the third and last Cyber-Newtype. He's a stark contrast to Four and Rosamia - while not nearly as powerful as either of them, he's also immune to the mental breakdowns both ladies are cursed by.
* BroadStrokes: ''A New Translation'' to an extent. Many of the story's events still happen over the course of the films, though not ''quite'' exactly in the same way it did in the original show. But the most significant departure, however, is the ending [[spoiler:that has Kamille ''surviving'' his battle with Scirocco in one piece]].
* BrokenBird: Four, Rosamia, Sarah, and Reccoa.
* CallingYourAttacks: Happens once, at the end of the third movie.
* CantCatchUp: Fa, always trying to keep up with the other female pilots and managing to do it only once. To be fair to the girl, the Methuss isn't the best suit and Fa was still skilled enough to survive.
** And on the other side of the war, there's Jerid. He gets more mobile suit upgrades than any other pilot, but no matter what the Titans give him he can't compete with the Zeta Gundam.
* CartwrightCurse: Between Jerid and Kamille, [[spoiler: Mouar, Lila, Four and Rosamia are killed off. The first three get killed off by their [[LoveInterest Love Interest's]] rival, and the last is simply killed by Kamille to prevent her from destroying the Argama.]]
** As a point of interest, this is just one of the reasons Kamille and Jerid become rivals. If one hadn't been born, it's entirely likely that the other would have lived a happier life.
* CelebrityResemblance: Yazan is apparently modeled on [[Music/ThePolice Sting]], specifically his role as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in ''{{Dune}}'' (which came out the year before ''Zeta''); Yazan's famous turtle tattoo is likewise a nod to Sting's album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles", which came out the same year.
* ChickMagnet: Paptimus Scirocco. He manages to end the series with a harem of Newtype women ace pilots, most of which had defected to his side. He basically makes bishie charm a ''newtype power''.
** Kamille gets a bit of this as well, with Fa, Four Murasame, Rosamia, and arguably Emma...
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler: Kamille's mind is crushed by Scirocco, and even though the Titans have been defeated, Axis Zeon has not]]. Thankfully, Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ gave us a proper conclusion.
* ClingyJealousGirl (Beltorchika Irma has all that it takes to be one, but since she is about the only girl to fall for Amuro in ''Zeta'', this doesn't characterize her fully. Fa also is a bit like this.)
* CompilationMovie: Three of them... produced twenty years later; the show is ''that'' popular. Being twenty years older than the series they were based on, the new footage demonstrates considerably [[AnimationBump better animation]].
* CoolBigSis: Emma, Reccoa was one for Kamille. [[spoiler:Until her FaceHeelTurn, that is]].
* CoolStarship: The ''Argama''.
* CorporalPunishment: '''''[[UpToEleven Everyone]]'''''. The one who gets hit the most would probably be Kamille.
** "Corrected. That's a military term for hitting someone."
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: The Zeta Gundam does this in the final battle as Kamille uses the Biosensor to channel the souls of his deceased friends]].
* CyberCyclops: Most mobile suits look like this, since by this point the majority of mobile suit designs are based on Zeon tech.
* DarkActionGirl: Sarah Zabiarov, Mouar Pharaoh.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, which was already pretty dark in itself. Zeta has been called one of the darkest Gundam series ever made, topped possibly only by ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. Its darkness is at least partially what makes it a fan favorite.
* DatingCatwoman: Katz tries that with Sarah. It... doesn't work, to say it lightly.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Avoided throughout most of the series, but done in the GrandFinale with [[spoiler: Emma and Reccoa. Emma wins, but she dies soon afterwards]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Four and Emma both die in Kamille's arms.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The episode where Reccoa is captured by Yazan. It seems like the entire scene is that of a woman getting raped/being beaten. Far from enjoying it, Reccoa seems to stand for abused significant others who have become resigned to what they see as their fate (or who have become victims of StockholmSyndrome).
* DodgeTheBullet: Jamitov dodges a pistol shot from Quattro when they accidentally meet at Kilimanjaro.
* DownerEnding: Although [[spoiler: Kamille succeeds in destroying Paptimus Scirocco for good, his brain gets fried in retaliation as well. The evil Titans are finally annihilated for good, but save for Fa, Quattro, and Bright, all the other heroes of AEUG die a horrible death, and Haman Karn successfully gives Zeon a rise to its former power, shadowing the future of Earth once again.]]
** The Compilation Movies changed this [[spoiler:to a BittersweetEnding: Yes, most of the cast still die. Yup, there's still alot of bloodshed. However, Kamille doesn't get mind-fried, we see other characters reacting to the news (which includes Amuro, the Kobayashi family and Mirai), Haman retreats and arranges for Mineva to [[GiveHimANormalLife go to school on Earth]], and the last scene is of Fa and Kamille hugging in space happily.]]
* {{Dubtitle}}: On the original Region 1 DVD release. Subsequent re-releases fixed this.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Kamille and Four both discuss their names and what they mean to them after they meet.
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: A covert one. Scirocco and his followers disrupt the Titans leadership from within, and Scirocco ultimately kills them and takes over the group.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Scirocco, who starts the series as TheStarscream, opposes the actions of his overlords Jamitov and Bask, and even sends his pawn Sarah Zabiarov to disrupt one of their plans. Granted, it was for self-serving purposes...
** ([[spoiler: Reccoa might be a traitor, but she was ''real'' happy to kill Bask as soon as she could. In fact, more than one Titan was NOT pleased to see the effects of the mass gassings: Gady Kinsey even gets a CMOA for managing to bullshit his way out of one and living to tell the tale.]])
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:Reccoa,]] to Emma. The differences in their motives for defecting from their respective factions give a demonstration of the difference between following your heart, vs. simply following your feelings.
** Scirocco to Kamille as well. They're both ambiguously autistic, mobile suit engineering geniuses, and powerful Newtypes. The difference between them is compassion - Kamille is driven by it, while Scirocco has none of it.
* EvilIsBigger: The Psyco Gundam, Psyco Gundam II, and anything designed by Scirocco will subscribe to this trope.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: After getting captured, Reccoa defects to the Titans.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: There's a bit here and there, such as the brief shot of Lieutenant Lila in the shower, or Fa being in the shower while trying to wash Qum and Shinta, or Four taking a bath, or Rosamia with her shirt off.
** There's a little bit for the ladies, as well: Kamille is seen in his underwear a couple of times and is also seen removing his shirt at least once. In addition to that, he gets a short shower scene. Quattro's bare arms might also be considered fanservice by some.
* FantasticRacism: Titans towards Spacenoids.
* FauxActionGirl: Reccoa, though to be fair her mecha ''was'' completely subpar.
* FakeMemories: Rosamia thinks she's Kamille's long lost little sister, thanks to some brainwashing. She's later brainwashed to believe her upperclassman Gates Capa is her true brother.
* FinalBossPreview: [[spoiler:Scirocco sorties against the Argama crew a couple times early in the series. After that he's not seen piloting a mobile suit again until the last five episodes.]]
* ForegoneConclusion: The moment that the EF Parliament outlaws the Titans, there is no longer a way for them to win. With nowhere left to turn except Haman Khan (who is simply using them for her own ends), the Titans are going down, no matter who wins out. The question is not if the Titans will lose, but rather how many of our heroes they are going to take down with them.
* FragileSpeedster: The design aesthetic behind nearly all suits of the 0080s, with the exception of [[MightyGlacier the Psyco Gundams]] and [[LightningBruiser the PMX series]]. See ArmorIsUseless above.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quattro tells Roberto [[spoiler:in the first episode that his overconfidence will get him killed some day. Halfway through the series, he underestimates the new Assimar mobile armor, and gets killed.]]
** The second opening to Zeta has a shot of Quattro removing his sunglasses and then has his face framed in shadow, with a contemplating look. [[spoiler:Fast forward to [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack, and...]]]]
** Similarly, it is quite noticeable how '''''no one''''' in the main cast is smiling (apart from Four Murasame) in the 2nd Opening (even Kamille's gearing up in his normal suit with thumbs up edits the smile away). [[DownerEnding We all know where they were headed]].
* GenderIsNoObject: The series showed strong female characters and lampshaded gender equality on both sides. Which would become recurring elements in later Universal Century works and a number of ''Gundam'' shows in general.
* GentleGiant[=/=]GeniusBruiser: Henken Beckner, 190cms of TheCaptain... and Emma fanboy extraordinaire.
* GildedCage: It's revealed that Amuro and a number of the surviving White Base crew are kept under watch by the Federation authorities. That they're given rather comfortable lifestyles doesn't really distract from the overbearing dread.
* GrandTheftPrototype: The AEUG stealing three Gundam Mk. II early on is the first example of this trope in the series. Notably, their original plan was to take just one, and Kamille's use of this trope allows them to nab all three.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** In the opening: "I wanna have a pure time, everyone's a noble mind!"
** "Captain Quattro, he is a [[CharClone CHAR]]!" eventually became a victim of MemeticMutation.
** "Believing a sign of Zeta/Beyond the hard times from now"
** Also, sing along: "''Oh, I can't help believe in you...''"
*** Of course the way it's actually sung sounds more like "I can't help ''believing'' you", which is ''very'' fitting for a show where nearly all of the female characters get lied to or even outright manipulated by their love interests through the course of the series.
* GreenAesop: Played with. For a straight example, it's mentioned that any more nuclear detonations on the Earth's surface could cause irreparable damage to the Earth's ecosystem. Other than that, whenever a character is promoting an environmentalist agenda, it's a rhetorical position that's tied in with Zeon Deikun's spacenoid ideology (which holds that humanity should leave the Earth for the space colonies, evolve into Newtypes, and bring an end to warfare), rather than an end in itself.
* HeroKiller: Yazan Gable.
* HistoryRepeats: [[spoiler:An AcePilot falls in love with a Cyber-Newtype, despite the fact that she is used as a guinea pig for powerful and mind-damaging weaponry. During a fight between the aforementioned pilot and his [[TheRival Rival]], the woman [[TakingTheBullet sacrifices herself to save the man she loves]]]]. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam What series are we talking about]]?
** Char and Amuro quote this directly shortly afterward.
* HotBlooded: To a degree, Katz. Also Kamille occasionally.
** "Kamille's a man's name, ''and I'm a man!''"
* HotScoop: Beltochika, after her CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Hypocrite}}[=/=]BrokenAesop: For someone who says that violence isn't the answer, Kamille has quite the kill count in the series. Not to mention starting some of the show's more infamous fights.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Bask Ohm tells Reccoa at one point that the Titans want a peaceful Earth Sphere, and their extreme methods are a result of impatience. However any possibility of a spark of goodness is extinguished when [[spoiler: he laughs maniacally after firing the Gryps Laser for the first time, killing an entire colony worth of civilians.]]
* IdiotBall: Used liberally to justify many of the deaths at the end of the series. Such as [[spoiler:Henken]] sacrificing himself ''and the rest of his crew'' in order to save [[spoiler:Emma, his crush]]. She, naturally, [[spoiler:died later anyway, after getting her suit's engines trashed, barely making it back to the ship, and then ''launching again anyway'', still engineless]].
** Jamitov Hyman, full stop. If you have any doubts, just rewatch Zeta and ask yourself why he does the things he did. [[{{DrugsAreBad}} He must have been high.]]
*** KnightTemplar
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: [[spoiler: Bask assigns Reccoa to "prove her allegiance" to the Titans by leading a gas attack on a colony. She obeys.]]
* IncestSubtext: On the one hand, Rosammy thinks she's Kamille's little sister, and thinks Fa [[ShipperOnDeck is his ideal girlfriend]]. On the other hand, the way she clings to him is ''very'' flirty, and Fa [[ClingyJealousGirl doesn't like it one bit]]. This is all justified by Rosammy [[CuteAndPsycho not being right in the head]].
* InterserviceRivalry:
** The regular Earth Federation Forces and the Titans have no love lost between each other.
** The AEUG and Karaba are, in and of themselves, a faction within the Earth Federation.
* IResembleThatRemark: In the first episode, Kamille tells a Titans officer that he doesn't like being bullied by thugs. The Titans' response is to beat him up some more.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Karaba pulls this when the Titans take Amuro, Mirai and Mirai's kids hostage; they surrender to distract the Titans while Kamille deploys in the Gundam to free the hostages.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kamille is an ''insane'' MoodSwinger, but he does genuinely care for others and tries to do what he can for them. Possibly Jerid Messa as well; see AntiVillain, above.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Jamitov and Bask are both killed by people they tried to manipulate, which can be seen as overdue payback for their manipulations [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory during the Delaz Fleet incident]]. Scirocco was also killed by Kamille when he used the latent powers of various women, including his subordinates, for a final attack with the Zeta.]]
* KickTheDog: Jerid does this during the evacuation of Jaburo, attacking his comrades just so he can board the escape plane.
* KillEmAll: EnforcedTrope - Tomino was seriously depressed when he directed Zeta, which ultimately lead to ZZ. The last episodes are the incarnation of this trope. Only worse could have been an 'End of the world' DownerEnding, like [[SpaceRunawayIdeon he did five years prior]].
* KlingonPromotion: Scirocco [[spoiler: becomes leader of the Titans after killing of Jamitov and arranging Bask's death.]]
* LadyOfWar: Haman Kahn, Emma Sheen.
* LaResistance: AEUG.
* LastVillainStand: Episodes 46-50 can be seen as one for Paptimus Scirocco and the Titans as a whole, as the AEUG, the EF, and Axis all try to find a way to co-opt or destroy what remains of the once mighty paramilitary force.
* LatexSpaceSuit: All of the pilot suits.
* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: The Titans [[DefiedTrope have completely discarded]] the Antarctic Treaty. When Emma discovers that they [[MoralEventHorizon used poison gas against civilians]], it finalizes her HeelFaceTurn.
* LightIsNotGood: Titan baddie Paptimus Scirocco wears a variant of the standard black Titans uniform - guess what color he picks?
* LightningBruiser: PMX-003 The O, Scirocco's final mobile suit.
* LoveHurts: Char and either Haman or Reccoa, Katz and Sarah, and Kamille and either Fa or Four. Boy, DOES IT HURT.
* TheMagnificent: Scirocco is often referred to as "The Man from Jupiter".
* TheManBehindTheMan: Scirocco.
* ManipulativeBastard: Scirocco was one of the first and is still one of the best.
* MauveShirt: The AEUG's Rick Dias is basically the designated suit for these. One of the Argama's Dias pilots, the unfortunately-named Lieutenant Botty, even manages to survive the show in one piece.
* MeaningfulName: Psyco Gundam & Psyco Gundam Mk. II, piloted by Four & Rosamia, respectively. Technically, "psyco" is short for '''psy'''chic '''co'''mmunicator and refers to the machines' OS, but [[AxCrazy considering what happened to their pilots....]]
** Also Four herself, considering FourIsDeath.
** Scirocco is named for the powerful Mediterranean wind.
** Zigzagged with the Methuss. Most people think it's a reference to Methuselah because it kind of looks like a bent old man, but it's actually supposed to be "me-tasu", Japanese for "many-eyed". The five-eyed mobile suit design that eventually became Yazan Gable's Hambrabi was originally meant to be a support mech for the Zeta Gundam piloted by Fa, using its supernumerary eyes to act as an artillery spotter for it's [[WaveMotionGun Hyper Mega Launcher]]. Tomino (or possibly somebody else on the creative team) decided it was too sinister-looking for one of the most unambiguously good characters in the series to pilot and handed it over to a gleeful Yazan "I'm gonna violate you" Gable instead, sticking the poor girl with the diminutive yellow rustbucket we all know and love, but for some reason they kept the name.
* MechaMooks: The Titans have an extraordinary array of suits, but the humble RMS-106 Hizack is the most common and iconic. Being based on Anime/MobileSuitGundam's legendary Zaku II helps, too.
* MeleeATrois: Titans vs. AEUG vs. Axis Zeon. This situation was so memorable that homages to this set up appear numerous times in the franchise as a whole.
* MentorShip: Jerid crushes on Lila, who's teaching him a few things about piloting. Lila is okay with the idea and uses it as a carrot to help turn him into a real soldier. [[spoiler: She dies before this goes anywhere.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: This is the first ever animated Gundam series where the protagonist switches from one Gundam to another, superior one mid-season. Kamille first piloted the Gundam Mk-II and then later on, the Zeta Gundam.
* MildlyMilitary: A dark variation. The Titans, being a StateSec organization, have no respect for any military protocol that isn't their own; Bright Noa is beaten half to death for trying to bring them into line.
* MilestoneCelebration: The ''Zeta Gundam'' movie trilogy was released to celebrate both the 20th anniversary of the show, and the 25th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Scirocco hits Kamille with one of these as he dies.]]
** Also implied to be a part of the training for the Cyber Newtypes. Considering what happened to Four and Rosamia, it's ''very'' likely.
* MoreThanMindControl: Scirocco's modus operandi seems to be this. In addition to his immense reserves of personal charisma he can use his Newtype abilities to influence the emotions of others, as seen with [[spoiler:Reccoa]] in ''Jupitris Infiltration''.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Amuro's relationship with ClingyJealousGirl Beltorchika baffles both Char and Kamille. Subverted in that Amuro knows all this very well, and is only involved with her because she provides an excuse for him not to go back into space - which, after all he went through in the original series, he fears considerably more than sacrificing his personal freedom.
** And also, after being PutOnABus, Beltochika's clinginess [[CharacterDevelopment is toned down]] when she briefly reappears as a [[HotScoop Hot]] IntrepidReporter in episode 37, [[spoiler: and even earns a CMOA by recording a brutal Titans skirmish, which lets Char show the world how horrible they are]].
* NonIndicativeName: Despite being called the Anti-Earth Union Group, the AEUG is in fact a faction within the Earth Federation.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Yazan's Crew. After the general incompetence of Jerid and Adol's doomed attempt, it comes as quite a shock how brutally efficient Yazan, Dunkel and Ramsus are.
* [[spoiler: NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay]]: [[spoiler: In the final battle between Kamille and Scirocco, the spirits of the dead Newtypes join forces with Kamille. Sara, however, still stands for Scirocco, but is taken aside by Katz.]]
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: "You will see the tears of time."
* ParentalAbandonment: Kamille is one ''really'' tragic version of this.
* PaperThinDisguise: Char. Has a lampshade hung on it when Haman outs Char in front of the rest of the AEUG. While all the other present AEUG members seem shocked by the revelation, Kamille's reaction is basically just to say "Yeah yeah, real big surprise there." Probably because he saw Hayato confronting Char with the infamous letter.
** One should keep in mind though, that the disguise is only paper thin to the viewer... the AEUG is genuinely surprised, since Char normally wore a mask during most of the One Year War, so there are only a handful of people who know him by looks.
*** Given Char's penchant for Red (Quattro always wears red and initially pilots a red mobile suit) and his piloting ability, it probably still counts as a paper-thin disguise.
* ThePlan: Scirocco pulls these off with frightening ease. Jamaican... not so much.
* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: Axis is allied with both the AEUG and the Titans at the same time, and they end up on top after both sides are exhausted.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Both Psycho Gundams are not so much vehicles as they are drone weapons that have Artificial Newtypes wired into them in order to take advantage of their PsychicPowers.
* PsychicPowers: Newtypes.
* PsychoForHire: Yazan Gable.
** PsychoSupporter: He evolves from a PsychoForHire into this after he throws his support behind Paptimus Scirocco.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Titans. At one point, Bright even calls them a reincarnation of Zeon.
* RedShirt: The AEUG's Nemos serve this purpose admirably.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: The Titans to the Earth Federation. [[spoiler: Once they were exposed by the AEUG, the group goes full renegade.]]
* RetCon: The third CompilationMovie gives us a BittersweetEnding instead of the original DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Kamille survives the duel with Scirocco more or less unscatched and is reunited with Fa and the rest of the Argama crew. Also, additional footage includes the reactions of characters like Amuro, Beltochika, Fraw, Retsu, Kikka, Mirai, Sayla and Kai.]] Despite some fans' insistence, WordOfGod is that this does '''not''' retcon ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]] out of existence.
** There's an even earlier example of this: originally, all the fancy stuff the Zeta did (like the [[{{BFS}} mile-long beam saber]]) was just Kamille's raw Newtype power. Later on it was retconned that the Zeta has a device called the biosensor that amplifies Newtype powers and causes incredible phenomenae, such as freezing Scirocco's Mobile Suit and making it so that the Zeta Gundam can ram into it without being crushed by the impact.
** Several mobile suits gained ancestors from later animated productions. For example, the AEUG's Nemo was made into a descendant of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080 GM Sniper II]], while the Rick Dias incorporates elements of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083 Gundam GP02 "Physalis"]].
** The ''New Translation'' movies in general also retconned some of the more infamous scenes out (like the absurd number of "people punching/slapping each other" scenes), possibly reflecting Tomino's more upbeat tone since ''TurnAGundam.''
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: AEUG.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Subverted: [[spoiler: Kamille hesitates when his father Franklin [[OffingTheOffspring tries to kill him in battle]], so someone else had to do it; it's implied to be Quattro in the original, and the Titans in the movie remake.]]
** Though [[spoiler:his theft of the Mk-II is directly responsible for the circumstances that lead to his mother's death.]]
*** [[spoiler: His handling of the hostage situation is even more directly the cause of his mother's death. His mother was killed because Kamille handled the situation poorly]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Anything to do with Haman and Axis/Neo-Zeon, who are the main antagonists in ''ZZ''. Even the ''New Translation'' version of events have Haman's forces pulling back from the Earth Sphere along with some AEUG and Titan sympathizers.]]
* SmugSnake: Jamaican Danigan, from the Titans, and Ben Wooder.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: One of the worst offenders in anime history - pick any character on the cast, and you're guaranteed to find at least three different variations on his or her name. Special mention goes to Quattro Bajeena, whose last name has been romanized in a very... ''interesting'' way on occasion - see some of the Gundam video games for the PS1 to see what I mean.
** As for mecha, the Psyco Gundam gets mistakenly identified as Psyc'''h'''o Gundam a lot; the name is a contraction of "'''psy'''chic '''co'''mmunicator", not a descriptor of its [[BrainwashedAndCrazy unfortunate pilots]].
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Paptimus Scirocco's personal ride, the PMX-003 The O. Yes, those two 'the's were intentional.
* TheStarscream: Paptimus Scirocco, who actually ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome succeeds]]'' in his plans and supplants the big bads Jamitov and Bask.
* StateSec: The Titans started out as this.
* StayInTheKitchen: Yazan Gable is a mean-spirited example, given his ''very'' sexist treatment of women. Kamille is a much milder example, though that's mainly due to him wanting to keep his female comrades out of harm's way.
* StockholmSyndrome: In the Compilation Films at least, Amuro is shown to have developed this towards the "attendants" at his GildedCage. Though he's perfectly aware that they're all Federation minders tasked with keeping an eye on him, he's come to consider them as family.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: This is one of the mainstays of the series and has appeared in most of the games. The movie remake series debuted in the spinoff game, ''Scramble Commander the 2nd'' and made its traditional debut in one of the most recent games, ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z]]''. It's returning for ''Z2''.
** AnotherCenturysEpisode: Appeared in the first game, but was sadly absent from 2 and 3. Makes a triumphant comeback in R.
* TakingTheBullet: Happens quite a lot.
** [[spoiler:Mouar for Jerid]]
** [[spoiler:Four for Kamille.]]
** [[spoiler:Sarah for Scirocco.]]
** [[spoiler:Apolly for Fa]].
* TerribleTrio: Yazan's crew are a particularly competent and scary example.
* TeamMom: Emma Sheen and Reccoa Londe. Fa is also a bit of this towards the BrattyHalfPint orphans, though she only takes up the TeamMom mantle full-time in Double Zeta.
* TeenGenius: Kamille was famous for winning several suit design contests before going to the AEUG, and in fact he actually ''designed'' the Zeta Gundam.
* ThemeNaming: Scirocco likes naming his custom mobile suits after deities. Pallas Athena is named for the Greek war goddess, Bolinoak Samaan is named for a Mesopotamian god, and The O is a play on Theo, a name derived from the Greek word for 'God'.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When the Hyaku Shiki takes a shot for Kamille and are forced into an uncontrolled re-entry, Quattro comments, "I don't think this is gonna end well."
* TimeBomb: Several of these appear during the story to endanger our heroes. [[spoiler: In all cases, they are unable to disarm them, and only survive by fleeing before they explode.]]
* TooDumbToFool: Possibly "too oldtype to connect" (or "too crazy to care"), but Yazan shakes off the Newtype images projected from Reccoa as being illusions.
* TooDumbToLive: Katz
* TookALevelInBadAss: Let's see, Jerid did eventually [[spoiler: come to even footing with Kamille in some parts of the show and eventually became a personal body guard to Jamitov.]] Also Kai became freaking James Bond! Hayato got a level too, he pretty much become a cool and confident TeamDad for Karaba on Earth. Amuro himself has taken a few notches despite being under house arrest and not having set foot in a mobile suit for several years.
* TransformingMecha: The Zeta Gundam and the greater majority of Mobile Suits; in fact, Zeta still holds the record of having the largest percentage of transforming robots in the entire saga.
** Paptimus Scirocco's Messala is in fact the first transformable mobile suit ever seen in a Gundam series.
* TruceZone: Not respected. The Titans don't mind starting fights in neutral colonies, or even intentionally attacking them.
* {{Tsundere}}: Fa Yuiri is a Type B aka Type Dere: mostly cute and gentle, unless around Kamille.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Four and to a greater extent, Rosamia.
* UnfortunateNames: Quattro Bajeena, Jamitov Hymen, and [[TheCasanova Paptimus Scirocco's]] "The O" mobile suit.
** The official English spelling of Quattro Bajeena in Japan is [[spoiler:Quattro Vagina]].
** As bizarre as it sounds, this may actually be ThemeNaming. The disfunctional, controlling relationships between men and women are a major theme of this series, made explicit by [[spoiler: Reccoa's]] FamousLastWords. Three of the most disfunctional, controlling main characters having names based on female anatomy actually kinda fits.
** While Jamitov and Quattro might be theme naming, Gundam Historica 11 confirms The O is named for Theo, a name which derives its meaning from the Greek word for God.
*** Any woman whose ever been to a gynaecologist could probably tell you what a pap smear is, which makes Scirocco's first name a definite qualifier.
* UnusualEuphemism: From the Zeta-to-English dictionary:
** Correct (verb): To beat the crap out of a subordinate for reasons ranging from gross incompetence to tardiness.
** Recreation (noun): Having a screaming row with your {{tsundere}} girlfriend for the third time that morning.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Four Murasame dies very tragically, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam once again showing]] that if you fall in love with a Gundam protagonist, you can expect [[LoveHurts love to hurt a whole lot]]. [[ActionGirl Emma]] doesn't make it, either. Fa Yuiri, on the other hand, is quite broken by the events of the series, but recovers and helps Kamille get better from Scirocco's MindRape]].
** As far as this series goes, it may as well be renamed Newtype Always Dies. Recall that that last person mentioned is NOT a newtype, and keep in mind which young girl survives ZZ... Also kind of note how they die. It seems becoming a Newtype gives you an inescapable urge to [[TakingTheBullet leap in the way of dangerous objects]] if you're HoYay or female.
* VerticalMechaFins: the Rick Dias, Hyaku Shiki, and several other mobile suits sport large back-mounted fins. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as ''Wing Binders'', extra limbs to aid in AMBAC.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: In a borderline and probably one of the most sad examples of this trope, [[spoiler:Kamille gets [[MindRape Mind Raped]] by Scirocco in the finale, not only making him forget everything that had ever happened to him, but also dimishing his mental capabilities, making his mental state somewhere between a vegetable and a young child.]]
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: As Quattro puts it, "there are a ''lot'' of people who wanna be in charge" of the AEUG.
* WeakButSkilled: Most of the Argama crew, and the AEUG in general, didn't really have too many ace pilots. Most of the pilots were at best, average. Yet, Fa held her own in the Methuss, Roberto actually had some really great kills early on, and Apolly managed to save the day a few times, most notably [[spoiler: sacrificing himself for Fa]] and bringing the Zeta Gundam to Kamille.
* WhamEpisode: Literally happens [[spoiler: when Katz slams into a piece of space debris and dies. This begins the mass culling of the cast in the Kill Them All ending of the series.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Yazan's wingmen, Dunkel and Ramsus.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Rosamia and her fear of colony drops. "The sky is falling! [[BigNo NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!]]"
** To be fair, any sane person: (which Rosamia decidedly is ''not'') would ''also'' be afraid of colony drops. The difference is that the poor girl panics over them even when ''there's no logical reason to think one's going to happen''.
** This gets hilarious in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'', where the first time she does this, it's completely justified, just not in the usual way. (To elaborate, the thing falling from the sky was gonna be a lot worse than a colony.)
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Again, Four and Rosamia. They're artificial Newtypes, so that's expected in a sense.
* WorfEffect: Char, ultimately. Despite being one of the most experienced pilots, piloting two of the most advanced Mobile Suits in the series, he is usually knocked out or suffers damage. Hell, despite being arguably a better pilot than either Haman or Scirocco, he can't score ANY decisive blows on them.
** Char has more experience than Haman and Scirocco, but the two of them are both stronger as newtypes, and their respective mobile suits were each superior to Char's Hyaku Shiki. Also, they initially double-teamed him, and by the time Kamille entered the fray Hyaku Shiki was already heavily damaged.
* WorldHalfEmpty: This show was cynical even when compared to the rest of the UC Gundam series. [[CrapsackWorld Considering how UC is most of the time]], that's saying a lot.
* {{Yandere}}: Just about any woman who encounters Scirocco, but most notably Sarah and Reccoa.
* YouAreNotAlone: In a very depressing way of playing this straight, Emma tells this to Kamille at the very start of the last episode. The depressing part about this is that up to that point, [[spoiler:Kamille has lost his mother, his father, his lover, his (sort-of) little sister, and almost all of his friends and comrades. To top it off, Emma says this while dying]]. The important thing to note is that Emma is completely right - [[spoiler:the Zeta Gundam's biosensor, coupled with Kamille's [[PsychicPowers newtype powers]] allow him to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome channel the powers of the dead to defeat Scirocco once and for all]] in the finale.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: Four.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Rick, as in Rick Dom, actually comes from the word "reconstructed". The Rick Doms were Doms which have been reconstructed with vernier jets to work in space. The Rick Dias, on the other hand, is not a reconstructed version of any mech.
* YourCheatingHeart: Franklin Bidan, Kamille's father, has a mistress named Margarita. ''Everyone'', from Kamille to Bask Om, brings her up in the few episodes before he dies.
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